Netball umpiring in Victoria has shot to new heights in recent times with three umpires awarded their A Grade badge in recent weeks.
Umpires Nathan Begley, Brodie Roberts and Danielle Trowell have all been recognised by Netball Australia following strong showings in recent under-age Nationals championships, plus consistent performances in State and Victorian Netball League competitions.
Begley recently returned from the U/17s and U/19s Nationals in Sydney and received recognition following his appointment officiate the U/19s Grand Final with former Victorian umpire Justin Barnes.
Begley, who with Roberts and Lauren Hockley, umpires in the VNL and earlier this year – in an interview for VNL.com.au – credited the Netball Australia High Performance program in his meteoric rise through the umpiring ranks.
“To umpire some of the best netball and the best netballers in the state….it’s very exciting, and it’s also very challenging,” Begley said.
“It’s very enjoyable too. It’s good to get a lot of personal development out of it, to get lots of coaching just like the players do; it’s great to be a part of.”
As a result of his performance, Begley will attend the Developing Umpires Camp held at the AIS in Canberra latter this month with Brodie Roberts (initially from the Altona Netball Association) and Danielle Trowell.
Another A grade badge recipient in Hockley, elaborates the wonderful stories that come out of sport, and not only for players.
Following receiving her B grade badge back in early 2010, Hockley a mother of two and hailing from the Hampden FNL near the Western border, travels over four hours every Wednesday night to carry out her officiating duties at the State Netball and Hockey Centre within the Victorian Netball League.
Netball Victoria High Performance Umpires Coordinator Cathy Gallop said the recognitions for Victoria’s umpires was heartening.
“It is a very exciting time for umpiring and for those looking towards travelling along the Netball Australia High Performance umpire pathway,” Gallop said.
“I’d like to congratulate Nathan, Brodie and Lauren individually for their efforts, and also to those at regional and association level who have helped them achieve their goals.
“In Lauren’s case, there is extraordinary commitment in travelling to Melbourne and juggling family in pursuit of what she loves doing, and to see them rewarded for their efforts is very exciting.”
Netball Victoria also further wishes to congratulate umpires James Matthew and Andrea Booth for their selection in the Emerging Talent Umpire Program in June at the AIS.